Now accepting applications for the Communities of Opportunity Place-Based and Cultural Communities Partnerships RFP – apply by October 11!

We are excited to share that the Best Starts for Kids Communities of Opportunity (COO) Place-Based and Cultural Communities Partnerships request for proposals (RFP) is now open! This funding opportunity closes on Tuesday, October 11 at 2PM, please submit your application by then. 

Click here to view the full funding opportunity details and apply. 

Note: please create a log-in to view details and access the ZoomGrants webpage. 

About this opportunity: 

We know that meaningful, just, and sustainable solutions are generated in partnership with communities, who know what they need to support the health and well-being of babies, children, young people, and families. To support community partnerships and strengthen community connections, we are excited to share this Communities of Opportunity (COO) Community Partnerships RFP to address the deep and persistent inequities, especially by race and place, in King County.  

COO will invest in community partnerships that are working to improve community conditions in health and well-being through building community power and creating structural change. Investments will support community partnerships rooted in place/geography and/or cultural communities with a shared agenda that focuses on the root causes of inequities, who are implementing strategies that contribute to better community health, safe and affordable housing, greater economic opportunity, and strong community connections. 


This funding opportunity is open to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations, and public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County. Small nonprofits and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals.  

This opportunity is for partnerships (made up of 2 or more organizations, groups, or entities) who have developed shared agenda that is either geographically or culturally focused and are working on building community power to transform systems and conditions needed for healthy, equitable communities.  

Funding Available: 

We have budgeted up to $7.7 million for this project over a period of three years. There will be nine awardees for this project. Awards may be up to $285,000 per year for three years (for a maximum of $855,000 per partnership over the 3-year investment period) contingent upon funding availability.  

Attend our information session: 

We strongly encourage anyone interested in applying to attend our information session to learn more:  

  • Monday, August 29, 2022, 1 pm Pacific Time 
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 1 pm Pacific Time 

Learn more about this funding opportunity and access meeting details for the information session within the full RFP document here.

Note: you will need to create a log-in to access the information session meeting link within the ZoomGrants webpage.  


RFP Issued  August 24, 2022  
Information Sessions August 29, 2022, 1 pm  
September 13, 2022, 1 pm 
Final day to Submit Questions via ZoomGrants September 27, 2022  
Final Day to Initiate Request for Technical Assistance   October 4, 2022  
RFP Application Due  October 11, 2022 by 2:00 p.m.  
Applications Reviewed   October 13 – 25, 2022  
Interviews with Applicants (if applicable) October 31 – November 11, 2022 
Notification of Selected and Non-Selected Applicants  November 30, 2022  
Contract Anticipated Start Date   January 1, 2023 

Do you have any questions? 

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, you can submit a question before Tuesday, September 27, 2022 through the Contact Admin tab in ZoomGrants. The response to all questions received will be posted as an RFP amendment on ZoomGrants.   

If potential proposers experience technical difficulties with ZoomGrants leading up to the due date, please email your proposal to the RFP Lead, Phillip Thompson, at to avoid a late submission. 

Would you like support? Access Best Starts technical assistance!  

Free application support is available for organizations interested in applying for this Best Starts funding opportunity! Best Starts partnered consultants can support by: helping to determine appropriate fit between your work and this funding opportunity, providing guidance on how best to answer application questions, supporting your application development (including editing and reviewing), and supporting you in explaining your qualifications in the most clear and concise way.   

If you areinterested in partnering with a technical assistance consultant, learn more here. 

1. Check out our funding calendar   

This calendar shares upcoming funding opportunities staggered throughout the year. Subscribe to our blog and newsletter to the right of the calendar to receive notices whenever we post a new funding opportunity.   

2. Watch our latest recorded info sessions   

If you were unable to make it to the info session for an open funding opportunity, check out the recordings and slideshows here.  

3. Save the date for our next open house!  

Mark September 28, 2022, on your calendars for our next Best Starts virtual open house! More information about our sessions and how to register to come. 

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